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I currently own a 7600GT from evga and I have decided to do the step-up program and upgrade my card. The 7950GT is just $50 dollars more expensive that the 7900 GT. Which one should I get? I can't get a GTX b/c my motherboard is not SLI ready. I am currently using XP Pro SP2, but I will move to Vista when it comes out. I read in some places the the 7950 is just slightly better, and in other places i've read that it is extremely buggy with XP and certain games. Please help me decide which one to get. Has anyone here tried the evga step-up program? How long does the process take and how long will my PC be w/o a video card? Lastly, (I know this is probably a dumb newb question), can I still run my pc without a video card?
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You can still get a GTX even though your motherboard is not SLI ready, you cannot get the 7950 GX2. I personally would go with the 7950 GT and just volt mod it up to GTX speeds. The only difference between the 7950 GT and the 7900 GTX are the clock speeds. As for the step up program, I *think* the card is either cross shipped to you, or you send in your card when you are told to by them (which means you are only w/o a card while your card is shipped to them, and then the new card shipped to you, id say 9 days at MOST). If your mobo supports onboard video you dont need a graphics card, if it does not you do. You can find out if it does by looking at the I/O ports in the mobo, just look for a analog connection for your monitor.
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Originally Posted by pevelg
I currently own a 7600GT from evga and I have decided to do the step-up program and upgrade my card. The 7950GT is just $50 dollars more expensive that the 7900 GT. Which one should I get? I can't get a GTX b/c my motherboard is not SLI ready. I am currently using XP Pro SP2, but I will move to Vista when it comes out. I read in some places the the 7950 is just slightly better, and in other places i've read that it is extremely buggy with XP and certain games. Please help me decide which one to get. Has anyone here tried the evga step-up program? How long does the process take and how long will my PC be w/o a video card? Lastly, (I know this is probably a dumb newb question), can I still run my pc without a video card?
Yes, you can run your computer with out a video card. Many servers do not even have video cards. Also, you do not need a SLI ready motherboard to use a 7900 GTX, so if you have the money, get that, as it will out perform the 7900 GT and 7950 GT.
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You can still get a GTX even though your motherboard is not SLI ready, you cannot get the 7950 GX2. I personally would go with the 7950 GT and just volt mod it up to GTX speeds. The only difference between the 7950 GT and the 7900 GTX are the clock speeds. As for the step up program, I *think* the card is either cross shipped to you, or you send in your card when you are told to by them (which means you are only w/o a card while your card is shipped to them, and then the new card shipped to you, id say 9 days at MOST). If your mobo supports onboard video you dont need a graphics card, if it does not you do. You can find out if it does by looking at the I/O ports in the mobo, just look for a analog connection for your monitor.
Where did you read that? The 7950GT uses different design for their board and it has 512MB instead of 256MB, you can't volt mod a 7950GT right now
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Where did you read that? The 7950GT uses different design for their board and it has 512MB instead of 256MB, you can't volt mod a 7950GT right now
The 7950 GT when compared to the 7900 GTX, thats the comparison I was making. Both use the same core, and both have the same amount of memory (512). Thus, the only difference between the 7950 and the 7900 GTX architectually, as you stated, is the PCB design (and ofcourse the clock speeds). Once someone figures out how to volt mod the core of the 7950, it is without a doubt possible, that one could achieve the same speeds of a 7900 GTX with propper cooling (as has been shown with volt modding the core of a 7900GT).
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You can still get a GTX even though your motherboard is not SLI ready, you cannot get the 7950 GX2. I personally would go with the 7950 GT and just volt mod it up to GTX speeds. The only difference between the 7950 GT and the 7900 GTX are the clock speeds. As for the step up program, I *think* the card is either cross shipped to you, or you send in your card when you are told to by them (which means you are only w/o a card while your card is shipped to them, and then the new card shipped to you, id say 9 days at MOST). If your mobo supports onboard video you dont need a graphics card, if it does not you do. You can find out if it does by looking at the I/O ports in the mobo, just look for a analog connection for your monitor.

Why not? You dont need an SLI board for the 7950GX2.....
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I have heard of many incompatibilites between non-sli boards w/ people using the GX2, I guess I should rephrase that too "you can, but I wouldnt suggest it". With his particular board though, all he would need is a bios update, to bios 0902, so the GX2 is still an option if you want to spend that kind of money.
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the 7950 is a better overclocker.not to mention it is simply SMALLER in SIZE....conducts alot LESS heat and eats alot less power then a 7900gt....it was basically made to conserve energy while giving performance on a level between the 7900GT and a 7900GTX

the 7950GX2 outperforms it by MUCH.....lol
    
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The 7950 GT when compared to the 7900 GTX, thats the comparison I was making. Both use the same core, and both have the same amount of memory (512). Thus, the only difference between the 7950 and the 7900 GTX architectually, as you stated, is the PCB design (and ofcourse the clock speeds). Once someone figures out how to volt mod the core of the 7950, it is without a doubt possible, that one could achieve the same speeds of a 7900 GTX with propper cooling (as has been shown with volt modding the core of a 7900GT).
err you don't need to voltmod, the 7950GT comes with 1.4volts already. No reason to go and do more. As you'll only gain 10-30mhz out of it and risk running higher temp
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dunno if this is any relevance.. I only got on 7600gt in my ECS sli mobo.. is it alot better with 2.. not spending like £150 it dosnt improve much..

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